Chris Bosh is critical in the 4th as the Heat move on to the NBA finals.
MIAMI-In the first half, the Heat came into Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals looking sloppy. Their turnover ratio was high and the Celtics generated 14 points off of them.
The Celtics were not blowing them out by any means but the momentum was definitely swinging Boston’s way.
Rajon Rondo was laying the foundation for his triple-double of 22 points, 14 assists and 10 boards, while Brandon Bass was making his presence felt.
Bass took over Kevin Garnett’s role as the big man’s exhaustion was evident and K.G. frequently came on and off the bench from the tip.
From the third period on, Miami did what Miami does best and that is crucify opponents. For as amazing as LeBron James was yet again, Chris Bosh’s return was just as crucial.
Bosh went 8-for-10 sinking key shots and spread the Celtics out so far that they were helpless in the fourth.
The end result was on the scoreboard: 101-88.
Dwyane Wade was powerful as he went to the rim and overall in the second half of Game 7, the Heat looked ready to face a Thunder team that has been playing out-of-it’s mind in the post season.
We will discuss that match-up tomorrow.
Tonight, as Celtics fans ponder what their lineup will look like in 2012-2013, Heat supporters gear up for yet another war.
It should be randomly noted that it was disappointing to watch Garnett and Rondo storm into the locker room after Celtics coach Doc Rivers threw in the towel with time still on the clock.
You expect that kind of thing from Rondo but K.G. knows better and should have joined Ray Allen and Paul Pierce in a display of class and sportsmanship.
James double-doubled for 31 points and 12 rebounds. Wade added 23 points, six rebounds and six assists.
Allen was good for 15 and Pierce scored 19 for Boston.